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OPTIMISM AMONG small U.S. businesses rose to a seven-month high in May, according to the National Federation of Independent Business optimism index. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

U.S. small-business optimism climbs to highest in seven months

PROVIDENCE – Optimism among small U.S. businesses rose to a seven-month high in May as companies increased capital spending plans, suggesting firms remain confident...

Businesses seek study of minimum wage hike

Rhode Island again is considering an increase in the minimum wage to stay competitive with surrounding states, including Massachusetts.Among New England states, only Connecticut...
THE NATIONAL FEDERATION of Independent Business’s optimism index fell 3.2 points to 101.2, the lowest since November 2016. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/SCOTT EELLS

U.S. small-business optimism hits 2-year low amid shutdown

NEW YORK - Sentiment among United States small businesses slumped in January to the lowest level since Donald Trump became president, as the economic...
A NET 37 percent of firms report offering higher compensation in September, according to the monthly jobs report from the National Federation of Independent Business, / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JEENAH MOON

U.S. small-business pay gains at record as firms fight for staff

NEW YORK - A record share of small-business owners in the United States say they’re raising overall pay to attract workers and retain employees amid...
THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS Sentiment index rose 0.7 point to 107.9 in July, the highest since the record 108 reading in 1983, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE KEITH

Are you feeling more optimistic about your business prospects today than...

The most recent survey of small-business owners by the National Federation of Independent Business indicated in July that optimism has almost reached an all-time...
THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS Sentiment index rose 0.7 point to 107.9 in July, the highest since the record 108 reading in 1983, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE KEITH

U.S. small-business optimism climbs to second highest on record

NEW YORK - A gauge of optimism among United States small-business owners increased to the second highest on record as companies benefited from tax cuts...

Share of U.S. small businesses with job openings matches record

NEW YORK - Hiring qualified people in a tightening labor market is getting to be an even bigger headache for smaller United States companies,...
THE NATIONAL FEDERATION of Independent Business said Thursday a net 33 percent of small firms raised compensation in March . / BLOOMBERG

Share of U.S. small businesses raising pay hits 17-year high

NEW YORK - Small-business owners in the United States are becoming more aggressive with their pay packages as the tight job market makes it...
OPTIMISM among small companies in the U.S. advanced last month to the highest level in more than 34 years. / BLOOMBERG

Optimism among U.S. small businesses jumps to highest since 1983

PROVIDENCE - Optimism among small companies in the U.S. advanced last month to the highest level in more than 34 years as owners became...
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